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USS Pitkin County (LST-1082)
USS LST-1082 (1945 - 1955)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - November - Alpha
Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Glenn Hill (M)ike, 1969-1970

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - Navy Unit Commendation (2)
Second Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia Clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Fourth Row - Korea Service Medal (3) - Vietnam Service Medal (10) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (27)
Fifth Row - United Nations Korea Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 18 November1944, at American Bridge Co. Ambridge, PA.
  • Launched, 26 January 1945
  • Commissioned, USS LST-1082, 7 February 1945, at Naval Repair Base, Algiers, LA., LT. John B. Cameron, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-1082 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Thirty-Two, CDR. D. J. Sweeny (23);
    LST Group Ninety-Five, CDR. J. Capponi;
    LST Division One Hundred Ninety and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Theater
    Campaigns and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 8 to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-1082 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    8 September to 1 October 1945
    15 to 28 October 1945
    10 November to 10 December 1945

  • Decommissioned, 7 August 1946, at Astoria, OR.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group, Astoria
  • Recommissioned at Astoria, 6 September 1950, LCDR. John E. Chadwick, USNR, in command
  • During The Korean War USS LST-1082 participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    First UN Counter Offensive
    10 to 20 March 1951
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    13 to 17 May 1952
    2 to 6 June 1952
    13 June 1952
    11 August 1952
    27 August to 4 September 1952
    20 to 23 September 1952
    17 to 18 October 1952
    Communist China Spring Offensive
    28 April to 1 May 1951
    9 to 12 May 1951

  • Named USS Pitkin County (LST-1082), 1 July 1955
  • Decommissioned, 1 September 1955, at San Diego, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Flee, San Diego Group
  • Recommissioned, 9 July 1966, at Long Beach CA., LT. C. E. Quarles in command
  • During the Vietnam War USS Pitkin County (LST-1082) served continuously in country and in contiguous waters, with the exception of overhaul periods, from late 1968 to early 1971 participating in the following campaigns. (Dates listed do not include underway transit times within the contiguous waters along the Vietnam coast as defined by the US Navy and so specified by the Vietnam Service Medal.)

    Vietnam War
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase II
    22 to 23 December 1966
    13 to 20 February 1967
    26 February to 15 April 1967
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    2 to 24 November 1968
    6 to 24 December 1968
    3 to 4 January 1969
    6 to 7 January 1969
    10 to 11 January 1969
    16 January 1969
    19 to 23 January 1969
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase III
    17 June to 21 July 1967
    13 September to 5 October 1967
    21 to 25 October 1967
    8 December 1967 to 17 January 1968
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    1 July 1969
    1 August 1969
    5 August 1969
    7 to 8 August 1969
    10 to 11 August 1969
    13 to 16 August1969
    27 August 1969
    25 to 26 September 1969
    28 September 1969
    20 to 21 October 1969
    Tet Counteroffensive
    3 to 5 February 1968
    12 to 17 February 1968
    Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
    3 to 5 November 1969
    7 to 9 November 1969
    21 to 23 November 1969
    29 to 30 November 1969
    23 to 25 February 1970
    28 February to 1 March 1970
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    15 April to 7 May 1968
    29 May to 30 June 1968
    Sanctuary Counteroffensive
    1 to 3 June 1970
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase V
    09-October to 1 November 1968
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    20 November 1970 to 11 January 1971
    1 to 4 March 1971

  • Decommissioned, 1 September 1971
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 April 1975
  • USS LST-1082 earned one battle star for World War II service, three battle stars for Korean War service and as USS Pitkin County (LST-1082) ten campaign stars for Vietnam War service
  • Sold for scrapping, 19 December 1975, by DRMS (Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service)
  • Resold to Max Rouse & Sons, Beverly Hills, CA. and taken in hand by Marine Industries, Tacoma, WA. for conversion for commercial use
  • Sold to Landing System Technology Pte. Ltd,, Singapore (Lauritz Kloster, Norway) in 1975 and renamed MV LST 4
  • Arrived at Piraeus, Greece having been acquired by Maritime & Commercial Co. Argonaftis S.A., Panama (Greek flag) and renamed Petrola 144, 6 June 1978
  • Entered service, 26 October 1980: Entered service
  • Arrived at the ship breakers at Gadani Beach, Pakistan for demolition, 16 April 1988.
    1,625 t.(lt)
    3,650 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
    Length 328' o.a.
    Beam 50½'
    light 2' 4" fwd, 7' 2" aft
    sea-going 7' 2" fwd, 13' aft
    landing 3' 11" fwd, 9' 10" aft (landing w/500 ton load)
    limiting 11' 2"
    maximum navigation 14' 1"
    Speed 11.6 kts. (trial)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    8 officers
    89 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    16 officers
    147 enlisted
    Boats 2 LCVP
    Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
    Typical loads
    One Landing Craft Tank (LCT), tanks, wheeled and tracked vehicles, artillery, construction equipment and military supplies. A ramp or elevator forward allowed vehicles access to tank deck from main deck
    Additional capacity included sectional pontoons carried on each side of vessel amidships, to either build Rhino Barges or use as causeways. Married to the bow ramp, the causeways would enabled payloads to be delivered ashore from deeper water or where a beachhead would not allow the vessel to be grounded forward after ballasting
    Armament (varied with availability when each vessel was outfitted. Retro-fitting was accomplished throughout WWII. The ultimate armament design for United States vessels was
    2 - Twin 40MM gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors
    4 - Single 40MM gun mounts
    12 single 20MM gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 4,300 Bbls
    two General Motors 12-567A, 900hp Diesel engines
    single Falk Main Reduction Gears
    three Diesel-drive 100Kw 230V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 1,700shp
    twin rudders

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    USS LST-1082
    Pitkin County 516k LST-1082 being side launching into the Ohio River, 26 January 1945, at American Bridge Co. Ambridge, PA Charles B Cameron in honor of his father CDR. John Beverly Cameron USNR, CO USS LST-1082
    Pitkin County 305k USS LST-1082 underway, date and location unknown. Charles B Cameron in honor of his father CDR. John Beverly Cameron USNR, CO USS LST-1082
    Pitkin County 320k USS LST-1082 dry docked, probably at Pearl Harbor in 1945. The officer on the left is the commanding officer, LCDR. John B. Cameron. Charles B Cameron in honor of his father CDR. John Beverly Cameron USNR, CO USS LST-1082
    Pitkin County 55k USS LST-1082 with pontoons lashed to her side, at anchor opposite a small fishing village near Sasebo, Japan, 23 September 1945. Richard W. Friedrich, F/1c, LSM-467, Collection, slide #20
    LSM-344/LST-1074/1082 51k Left to right; USS LSM-344, USS LST-1074 and USS LST-1082 in Sasebo Harbor, Kyushu, Japan. Japanese Seaplane Base is at the left center of this photo. Richard W. Friedrich F/1c, LSM-467, Collection, slide #19
    Pitkin County
    236k USS LST-1082 underway in port, date and location unknown.
    US National Archives photo # USN 1045549, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Smolinski
    Pitkin County 70k USS LST-1082 underway at San Diego, CA., date unknown. Tommy Trampp
    USS Pitkin County (LST-1082)
    Pitkin County 27k USS Pitkin County (LST-1082) underway, date and place unknown. LST Home Port web site
    Washtenaw County 19k USS Pitkin County (LST-1082) tied up along side USS Washtenaw County (LST-1166) someplace in Vietnam, circa late 1968. ©Jim Stock
    Pitkin County 223k USS LST-1082 underway, in the harbor at Hong Kong, circa May 1970. Bob Behm

    USS Pitkin County (LST-1082)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    History of USS Pitkin County (LST-1082) - Mobile Riverine Force Association

    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Cameron, John Beverly (Bev), USNR7 February 1945 - May 1946
    02LTjg. Benevento, Richard Vincent, USNRMay 1946 - June 1946
    03LTjg. Vosatka, George J., USNRJune 1946 - 7 August 1946
     Decommissioned7 August 1946 - 6 September 1950
    04LCDR. Chadwick, John E., USNR6 September 1950 - ?
     Decommissioned1 September 1955 - 9 July 1966
    05LT. Quarles, Clifford Ellis, USN9 July 1966 - June 1967
    06LT. Kunsky, David Allen, USNJune 1967 - July 1968
    07LT. Callahan, Joseph, Edward, USNJuly 1968 - 1970
    08LCDR Willandt, Theodore August, USN (USNA 1963)1970 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    LST-1082 Initial Crew Orders
    Notes from LCDR John B. Cameron
    Welcome Aboard pamphlet, circa 1969-70
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    Mobile Riverine Force Association
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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